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Coaches ousted after player says he was forced to eat pork

The head coach is accused of forcing a Jewish student who keeps Kosher to eat pepperoni pizza as a punishment.
Head football coach, Marcus Wattley, is accused of forcing a Jewish student who keeps Kosher to...
Head football coach, Marcus Wattley, is accused of forcing a Jewish student who keeps Kosher to eat pepperoni pizza as a punishment.(WOIO)
Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:47 PM EDT
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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The head football coach at an Ohio high school and six other coaches there have been ousted after a football player said he was forced to eat pork in violation of his religious beliefs for missing a voluntary workout.

Full Story | Ohio football coaches allegedly force Jewish student to eat pork for missing practice

The Canton City Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to not renew the coaching contracts of Canton McKinley head football coach Marcus Wattley, two of his assistants and an assistant baseball coach.

With the same vote, the board also deemed three other assistant football coaches as ineligible for future coaching positions.

An attorney retained by Wattley says details of the events were exaggerated and parts are false.

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